Bistro Three Onion Soup

Paris is the epitome of romance for many of us, so picture a table in a cozy Parisian bistro set with bowls of fragrant, warming soup, and your sweetheart by your side: love is good! But you don’t need to fly all the way to France for a taste of it. This delectable peasant-inspired onion soup really warms the heart:


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large yellow onions, diced
4 leeks, including 1 inch of the tender greens, well-washed and diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups good-quality vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups fruity red wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 slices country-style bread

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and leeks, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir, sautéing for 1 minute. Add the stock and simmer for about 30 minutes, without a lid, until vegetables are very soft.

2. Stir in wine, vinegars, and salt and pepper to taste. Toast the bread and place one slice in the bottom of each of 6 soup bowls.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle cheese evenly over each serving and serve immediately.

Serves 6.

Inspired by Winter, by Joanne Weir (Time-Life Books, 1997).


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago

Sounds great...thanks again

Garnet Jenny Fulton
Past Member 5 years ago

This looks so good, would love to enjoy a bowl right now. :o) I imagine the cheese could be substituted for a vegan alternative and still taste equally as great. Just wondering, what exactly is meant by country style bread? A more rustic heavy bread perhaps?

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for this recipe.

Joe Shults
Joe Shults6 years ago

I enjoy a good onion soup. Thanks for sharing. I will try it.

Louis Olivencia
Lou Olive6 years ago

makes my mouth water now)))

Heidi C.
Heidi C6 years ago

Love onion soup, all that melty, gooey cheese... I need to make this!

Pat C.
Pat C6 years ago

Sounds delicious and with a cold winter we need these types of recipes more than ever. Thank you.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Will try this using low sodium vegetable broth and Swiss cheese. Gotta cut down on that salt!

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

This sounds very good. I love onions! Thanks for the recipe Annie!